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Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar

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The Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar is a totally capable starter electric guitar. With 20 frets, it's perfect for small hands. Features 3 single-co...Click To Read More About This Product

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Your child's path to rock 'n' roll stardom!

The Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar is a totally capable starter electric guitar. With 20 frets, it's perfect for small hands. Features 3 single-coil pickups, master volume and tone controls, rosewood fretboard, and a hardtail bridge.

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FEATURES
Small-scale neck
(22-3/4")
Three single-coil electronic pickups
Master volume and tone controls
Maple C-shaped neck
Rosewood fretboard
20 medium frets
Hard-tail 6-saddle bridge

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SquierMini Strat Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 182 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (9)
  • School bands (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For the price? Such a deal.

I bought my husband a standard Stratocaster several years ago to get him to quit playing 'air guitar', but he's left handed, so I haven't tried to play it. I decided I...Read complete review

I bought my husband a standard Stratocaster several years ago to get him to quit playing 'air guitar', but he's left handed, so I haven't tried to play it. I decided I should just go ahead and get a little electric guitar for my fifty-three year old arthritic hands.The Squire Mini is perfect for a lady who has average to small hands, and it is as easy to play as my acoustic parlor guitars with 11 gage Silk and Steel strings.I bought it recently, used, as it was offered at a ridiculously low price. The owner had bought it for a travel guitar, but had large hands. He demonstrated it for me. I did hear a buzz or two, but when I play it, it actually sounds sweet, and no buzz.It may work better for me because my hands are smaller, or my touch lighter, but I'm sure that when I get it set up, any issues will be dealt with. I've had guitars professionally set up before, and it is a small expense that results in a better than new guitar, even when the guitar IS new.I tried to get more into guitar for years, but never got anywhere until I learned to get the right size guitar for my hands, the right strings for the guitar, and a good luthier to set it up. I now have the enthusiasm to learn more chords, and I look forward to practicing, rather than dread it.I'd encourage anyone with small hands, or who has a child who'd like to play electric guitar to try a Squire Mini. Don't buy it for a travel guitar UNTIL you've tested your hands on a small guitar. It might be just the thing for you. If not, then you can look for one of the travel guitars with full scale size, and the various small bodies, or the models that are 'headless'.It's a nice little guitar, light, easy to play, and cute as a button. Okay, I guess I just drove off all the young guys, screaming they don't want to have anything to do with Squire Mini's, 'cause an old lady says they're CUTE! Feel free to edit that out!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed - Twice!

This is the second mini strat I've purchased. The first, about 8 years ago, was amazingly right on fresh out of the box. This one, destined for my youngest grandson, was a...Read complete review

This is the second mini strat I've purchased. The first, about 8 years ago, was amazingly right on fresh out of the box. This one, destined for my youngest grandson, was a real disappointment. There was a chip in the neck and the first five frets rang so sharp it was unplayable. Even an intonation adjustment was no help. This one was a replacement for a different brand youth guitar that was also defective. Rather than take yet another chance I requested a refund rather than a third replacement.

It's worth mentioning that when you return a defective product for a refund two things happen: 1) you're charged for the "free" shipping you received on the product and 2) you have to send it back at your own expense. So for a defective guitar I'm going to be out of pocket around half the retail cost. This isn't the usual outstanding service I'm used to receiving from Musician's Friend. I get that for MF to pay the freight both directions is not right but it would have been fair to split the total cost.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointed - Twice!

By Jim

from Fremont, MI

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      This is the second mini strat I've purchased. The first, about 8 years ago, was amazingly right on fresh out of the box. This one, destined for my youngest grandson, was a real disappointment. There was a chip in the neck and the first five frets rang so sharp it was unplayable. Even an intonation adjustment was no help. This one was a replacement for a different brand youth guitar that was also defective. Rather than take yet another chance I requested a refund rather than a third replacement.

      It's worth mentioning that when you return a defective product for a refund two things happen: 1) you're charged for the "free" shipping you received on the product and 2) you have to send it back at your own expense. So for a defective guitar I'm going to be out of pocket around half the retail cost. This isn't the usual outstanding service I'm used to receiving from Musician's Friend. I get that for MF to pay the freight both directions is not right but it would have been fair to split the total cost.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      you don't have to be a beginner

      By Don Lee

      from San Diego, CA

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      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      I am a blues player who has been at it for 45 years. I have played everything that has come out since 1965. My two main gigging guitars now are this squier mini and an ibanez mikro. I have a full size les paul and a strat that decorate my wall nicely. Do a little bit of setup and put a little heavier strings on these and you will find that they are every bit as effective as any full size guitar. If you want an axe that weighs next to nothing and will enable you to do stretches that are very difficult on full-size guitars, this is it. If anybody remembers, Jon Fogerty used a 3/4 neck the entire time he was in Creedence Clearwater.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my Mini

      By BB Soldier

      from Waldron Arkansas

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      First of all this isnt a kid guitar.Ive been playing lead for about 20 years so when it rattles you raise the rear.When the intonation is off you move the rear.The strings are super light and close together.so most of my friends over play the mini.All you naysayers need to learn how to set up an electric guitar.Mine plays great and tunes great.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      fender Squire Mini Strat

      By Scott Shiner

      from Iowa

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      An excellent guitar but my youngster wanted to keep adjusting knobs and selecting between pickups rather than practice. You won't find sound and playability at this price and do recommend it if your wanting to buy this guitar.
      This is a beginners guitar and has way more than a beginner needs.
      Right out of the box it is an excellent playing guitar, although I would recommend putting new strings on it.
      In today's market you get what you pay for. With this guitar you get more.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      For the price? Such a deal.

      By White haired old rocker lady (not rocking chair)

      from California

      Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

      I bought my husband a standard Stratocaster several years ago to get him to quit playing 'air guitar', but he's left handed, so I haven't tried to play it. I decided I should just go ahead and get a little electric guitar for my fifty-three year old arthritic hands.The Squire Mini is perfect for a lady who has average to small hands, and it is as easy to play as my acoustic parlor guitars with 11 gage Silk and Steel strings.I bought it recently, used, as it was offered at a ridiculously low price. The owner had bought it for a travel guitar, but had large hands. He demonstrated it for me. I did hear a buzz or two, but when I play it, it actually sounds sweet, and no buzz.It may work better for me because my hands are smaller, or my touch lighter, but I'm sure that when I get it set up, any issues will be dealt with. I've had guitars professionally set up before, and it is a small expense that results in a better than new guitar, even when the guitar IS new.I tried to get more into guitar for years, but never got anywhere until I learned to get the right size guitar for my hands, the right strings for the guitar, and a good luthier to set it up. I now have the enthusiasm to learn more chords, and I look forward to practicing, rather than dread it.I'd encourage anyone with small hands, or who has a child who'd like to play electric guitar to try a Squire Mini. Don't buy it for a travel guitar UNTIL you've tested your hands on a small guitar. It might be just the thing for you. If not, then you can look for one of the travel guitars with full scale size, and the various small bodies, or the models that are 'headless'.It's a nice little guitar, light, easy to play, and cute as a button. Okay, I guess I just drove off all the young guys, screaming they don't want to have anything to do with Squire Mini's, 'cause an old lady says they're CUTE! Feel free to edit that out!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      best buy in a long time

      By judywho

      from colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Tuners
      • Overall Workmanship Great
      • Solid Electronics
      • Weight Of Guitar

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        I took the guitar out of the box tuned it up and away I went. the setup and action on strings are wonderful. The reviews are what sold me to give the product a try. I teach guitar and this is a great starter guitar for anyone. I had a hard time putting it down. I have a bad back and full size guitars can be a real struggle to to hold them up. But this guitar is really light. I will reconmend this guitar again and again.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pint Sized Axe

        By Jeffro

        from Boca Raton, FL

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        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        I'm a guitar teacher and have found if the kid is small enough to need this size of a guitar, they probably don't have the where-with-all to play it. A 5-6-7 year old hasn't got the motor skills yet to really play guitar. That sets in when they're at least 8 or 9 and by that time, they've probably gotten big enough for a real Strat. As for an adult playing this, forget about it, it's a toy in larger hands.
        It's a mini Strat with everything the bigger ones have except a whammy-probably a good thing.
        It's an inexpensive guitar but the manufacturing quality is acceptable. The fret ends aren't sharp, it's not the best build ever-but it's OK. The neck needs a bit of 600 grit sandpaper to smooth it out-once you do that, it's fine.
        Good value-but I question the usefulness.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thank you St. Nick

        By Dave Johnson

        from East Kentucky

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        Great great great guitar for my 8 year old daugher to learn why I do what I've been doing for the past 24 years.
        Honestly can't say one bad thing about this guitar.
        Well made, nice setup for a beginner out of the box, and easy to fine tune for anyone who's ever taken the time to set up their own guitar.
        Find a better made beginner guitar at a better price and prove me wrong. There isn't one.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good starter/kids/travel axe

        By Rustiho Bandaho

        from NYC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Cheap Plastic Nut
        • Poor Quality Tuners
        • Some Issues In Fretwork

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        Great little guitar...although it does have a few issues, they're what one should expect from a low-cost mini guitar. Although it's small and cheap it is NOT a toy- it's a decent quality instrument in a small package. One issue I had was that one of the frets wasn't hammered in properly, so it stuck out a bit and my high E would get snagged in it. No biggie- a few taps of a hammer did the job. I plan on replacing the cheap plastic nut with a roller nut, swapping out the stock tuners for locking Schallers, and putting in a Stetsbar trem. (The stock tuners have a lot of backlash, making the guitar a pain to tune.) The pickups have a similar sound to Duncan Designed pickups, which are decent, so I won't replace those. Due to the short scale length I use very heavy strings tuned to standard (.012s). I wouldn't recommend that for kids though. I've had this little axe for 12 years (since I was 7) and I've never had many problems with it...
        Great guitar to travel with, to give to your kids, or to modify....Buy this axe!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        dont buy this guitar

        By Sandman95

        from WI

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        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar as my first electric guitar when I was about 12. I bought it because it was cheap. but if you are a beginner buying a guitar. Save some more money and get a something else. A good beginner guitar that you could buy is any epiphone and they have a lot of cheap guitars that are decent for beginners. The first week that I had this guitar it went to hell. It wouldnt stay in tune, the neck began to bow, and every time I would fix it it would just bend back. Also, the pickups couldnt get any worse. All that would come out was static. It would take about a week to tune it and in 5 min. it was back out of tune. I still have the guitar but its got dents all over from me getting mad at it and bouncing it off the floor. I would not get this guitar!!! I highly recommend saving some more money and buying something worth your money.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Jimi Hendrix Couldn't Play This Thing

        By Matthewl0799

        from Canton, OH

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        Pros

        • none

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Will not stay in tune

        Best Uses

        • Fend Off Burglars
        • Starting A Bonfire

        Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

        My son wanted to learn to play guitar like his Dad, so I bought this guitar for him. I didn't expect much for the price, but come on, you should be able to tune a guitar and have it stay in tune for more than 5 seconds. Yes, it's that bad. Tried new strings. Tried adjusting the bridge. Still won't stay in tune. Intonation? Forget it. It would be a fun little guitar if it would stay in tune. I can't even recommend this for children or beginners. An overpriced novelty is all this thing is. Junk, junk, junk.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar... Highly recommended!

        By Q Adams

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar in Red as a Christmas present for my 8 year nephew. Before buying it, I considered this one and the Dean Vendetta, which is at the same price point. The Squier blows the Dean that I played (in store), out of the water. It's not even close. The quality is far superior, and it plays and sounds 10 times better. The Dean felt and played like a cheap toy, no exaggeration. A set of Ernie Ball 9's on the mini and my Line 6 Spider Jam amp and it just rocks. It also looks great and has a solid weight. Fyi, most of the issues that I've read in another reviews (fret buzz, high action and tuning problems) are resolved with a 30 minute setup that you can do yourself (youtube it!)..

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mini Rock Machine!

          By Chevy Kelly

          from New York

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          If you buy this guitar for your child you will not be sorry.This kind of quality only comes with a high class guitar for a not so high price.
          This guitar works quite well. I like the tone dial how it easilly can change from jazzy smoothness to a punk feel. My son is only starting to grow out of it at twelve and it lasted for quite a while.
          The quality was outstanding. Just as I expected fom a Fender.
          For the price this guitar was a steal

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent guitar for beginners

          By Bruce Allen

          from Delaware

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          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for my seven year old son and the size and scale is just right for him. The most important thing you can do after purchasing this guitar to change the strings to a heavier guage (9s). The stock strings that came with the guitar are way too light for its short-scale neck and cause severe tuning problems. After I change string gauges the guitar plays rather nicely (for a guitar of it's price). With good strings I would recommend it as a great starter guitar.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING

          By Sagar Patel

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          It was my first electric guitar. I never got a new one. But it is still great after four years.(im pretty small). Great first electric guitar.
          Since you cant get a new pickguard for it, I was disappointed. But it has all the great features of a regular strat.
          It has great quality overall.

          (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          ?????

          By squiersucks

          from canada

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          i have played this guitar many times and i just want to say on the record that it was the worst one i have ever used! it became untune after only 1 song this guitar shouldnt be bought by anyone at anytime dispite talent level

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Toadhairs

          By Toad-O_e12

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this mini strat a couple of years ago as kind of a gag to hang on the wall next to my full size Strats (2), Peavey's (2)and my Dean guitars. I really thought I would get a 'mini' I could play also. Boy was I wrong. The craftsmanship is great but the damn thing just won't tune! I've tried everything, new strings, bridge adjust but nothing helps so it just hangs on the wall collecting dust. Maybe it's because I ordered it without playing it first. Don't get me wrong, this would be a great guitar for kid if he could keep it in tune.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          You get what you paid for

          By MegL17

          from Undisclosed

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          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          If you are a beginner guitar player with a low budget... dont even waste your time. This guitar is not worth it. The action is horrible, the strings untune themselves within an hour, it is nearly impossible to get a good sound out of it. Take it from me, dont waste your time!

          (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          bad finish flaw. your qc sucks. not happy customer.

          By xxx

          from xxx

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          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          the 6 year old that this was for doesn't care but i do.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Guitar

          By Ryno

          from Ohio

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Setup

          Best Uses

          • Small Child

          Comments about Squier Mini Strat Electric Guitar:

          Not a bad little guitar. It was purchased for my 5 yr old grandson. You'll have to setup....

          Trussrod
          Intonation
          Action
          Pickups
          Tighten all screws
          After that its playable. Works good your young kids learning to play.

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